The Spark in Review: July 27, 2018
The Spark in Review is the week’s news at Allspark on a bubble-packed card. This week, we ended our SDCC coverage with a community Q&A with the brand team, a possible Leader class Bumblebee movie Optimus Prime was revealed, MP Dinobot has been released to the wild, and Hasbro is shipping out of China.
Toy News and Reveals:
Most of our coverage of San Diego Comic-Con 2018 is included in last week’s Spark in Review, but on Saturday, our Discord community had an impromptu question and answer session with John Warden about the Prime Wars Trilogy and related topics, answering questions like why Power of the Primes ended short, why Rescue Bots Academy has the character cast it does, and who else Titans Return Kup was pretooled for release as. You can check out our report for the answers!
At Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong, TakaraTomy revealed a selection of upcoming (previously announced) Masterpiece figures like the Diaclone-inspired Cordon and the Golden Lagoon series, as well as what appears to be a Bumblebee-movie-inspired Leader Optimus Prime based on Age of Extinction’s “Evasion” Voyager, for which TFND has a gallery. Flame Toys also exhibited some upcoming licensed Transformers figures, including their Star Saber.
We also have some new looks at Prime Wars Wreck Gar, Masterpiece Beast Wars Megatron, and Encore Unicron thanks to Figure King #246.
Hasbro has released second-quarter financial results for the year, showing a slight decrease in Transformers revenue associated with the loss of Toys R Us. They’ve also announced a plan to move production out of China as a result of harsh new US tariffs.
A couple of pieces of toy news bear note just outside Transformers. Shoji Kawamori, creator of Macross, has appeared in a video by Bandai discussing the features of a new Macross DX Chogokin Valkyrie. Meanwhile, Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, a history of major toy brands that recently covered Transformers, has announced its plans for Season 3, including My Little Pony and Power Rangers.
Comics, Cartoons, and Media:
IDW has released October solicitations and their shipping list for August 1. We’ve posted our spoiler review of Lost Light #21 and spoiler-free review of Unicron #2. You can also check out IDW’s post-SDCC press release on items like their upcoming partner series with Marvel, John Barber’s induction into the Transformers Hall of Fame, and the new Go-Bots mini.
Outside IDW, Boom! Studios have released information about the upcoming Power Rangers: Beyond the Grid series.
SDCC’s Bumblebee movie panel revealed new information about the film’s villains and included some previously unseen footage, including a redesigned Optimus Prime. The footage was exclusive to the event, but a summary and video of the panel are available.
Although Hasbro’s presentation of the toys at SDCC left much to be revealed about the Cyberverse cartoon, it’s been confirmed that the series will air on Cartoon Network.
In gaming news, Transformers: Earth Wars has announced that Waspinator and Tigerhawk will be joining the game, as well as revealed the weekend’s event details. A step further afield, Dungeons and Dragons has announced a crossover with Magic: The Gathering, for all your spell casting needs in one place.
Fandom and Events:
The creator of those incredible transforming children’s costumes revealed in May has spoken out, explaining his attachment to the brand, his process for creating the costumes, and more. Thanks to Insider and Metrolatam, you can see his thoughts on the process and watch a costume built from the mock-up, up.
Check out last week’s Allspark Art Showcase for a character portrait by our Rattrap587. You can always delve further into what’s old in the news with last week’s Spark in Review, then join the conversation in our forums or Discord server.
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